Every Child Matters outcomes: What Do They Mean for Disabled Children and Young People?

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To date, little attention has been paid to the appropriateness of the Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes framework to disabled children. This article reports findings from a research project which sought the views of disabled children and their parents about their desired outcomes. Twenty-nine children and 90 parents were interviewed. The findings indicate that ECM outcomes are appropriate to disabled children but can have different meanings. In addition, the need to recognise the importance of maintaining outcomes, as well as progress, is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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© 2008 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2008 National Children’s Bureau. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Children & Scoiety'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com


  • Outcomes
  • disabled children
  • parents
  • Every Child Matters

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